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It’s fairly obvious that safety professionals can do their careers a whole lot of good by staying away from being typecast. But what’s less apparent are the benefits you can reap by helping the members of your team avoid a similar fate.
Avoiding Typecasting Is a Team Effort
The best thing a leader can do to prevent [...]
There are two primary professional designations for industrial hygienists in North America. Last week, we looked at the Canadian designation, the Registered Occupational Hygienist (ROH). Now let’s look at the U.S. counterpart, the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH).
What Do CIHs Do?
The field of industrial hygiene is devoted to the recognition, evaluation and control of workplace hazards [...]
Through the years, I have discovered some tried and true methods for selling safety and health programs to management. But be warned: Implementing these principles is not for the faint-hearted. It requires craft, mettle and perseverance. And if your employers aren’t truly committed to safety, pressing the case aggressively could even cost you your job. [...]
Last week, Catherine Jones, editor of SafetyXChange, received the following question from a SafetyXChange member in response to her article on stacking mismatched items:
“I enjoyed reading your article about stacking oddball sized materials. I have a question. In the article you mentioned that materials should be stacked to a safe height. Is there any guidance [...]
The good news about health and safety committees is that they can engage all of the stakeholders in your workplace in the effort to identify and eliminate hazards. The bad news: Committees sometimes make recommendations that are unrealistic. What should you do if your committee writes a check that your company can’t cash?
Why You Can’t [...]
Being typecast, although not without its virtues, is something most professionals largely want to avoid. Let’s talk about how.
Make Subtle, Not Drastic Changes
Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater. Breaking free of a typecast role requires subtle enhancements of your current role and skill set rather than their complete abandonment. “Drastic change isn’t likely [...]
There are more certifications for safety professionals than you can shake a stick at. This series will look at the North American certifications for industrial hygienists. Today, we’re going to look at the Canadian designation, the Registered Occupational Hygienist (ROH).
What Do ROHs Do?
Occupational hygienists study, anticipate and evaluate hazards in work environments. They suggest changes [...]
When I first started as a safety supervisor, my motives were pure. All I wanted to do was help other people. My goal was to show fellow employees how to work safely. Hazards were my enemy and I swore never to let company “politics” lure me away from the pure and noble causes I was [...]
Proper stacking in the workplace ensures that materials are accessible when needed; it keeps the stacked materials in proper condition; and most important of all, it prevents injuries. Stacking materials works best when all of the stacked items are of equal or proportional configuration, size and weight. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Your stockrooms, [...]
Jason Alexander (aka George Costanza from Seinfeld) is a great actor. But can you see him playing Hamlet? I mean the moment he started in with “To be or not to be,” I’d be thinking, “you tell ‘em, George!”
Such is the curse of typecasting. And the curse isn’t confined to the world of acting. There [...]
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